Georgia steps to the podium

HOOVER, AL – Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said yesterday that he does not envy anyone that has national championship pressure on them. His team did not live up to expectations last season when in that situation.

Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt hopes that his team can. Richt and the rest of his Dawgs are at the top of the SEC in the minds of many attending the 2004 SEC Media Days. Several of them have the Dawgs winning it all.

Richt brushed the high expectations off, but did say that he likes his team's chances due to the leadership of his seniors.

"I think the leadership we have is outstanding," Richt said. "(We) have David Pollack and David Greene; they very good to have. Those two are men of high character. Good players, good students."

Pollack made his second appearance at Media Days while Greene made his first. Richt made a point of saying how significant both had been to the Georgia program of the last few seasons. The head coach said that he thought so highly of the pair that he would feel comfortable with them babysitting his children.

"I think this team has great potential," said Greene. "We just have to come together as a team. We need to get rolling and hope that everything just clicks into place."

That did not happen at the start of last season for the Bulldogs. Suspensions, injuries, and a young offensive line eventually ruined the Dawgs SEC Championship hopes; those things and a LSU team on a mission.

But in the spring the Dawgs' title hopes got a serious shot in the arm. Pollack, who returned for his final season in Athens rather than turn pro, cited the national title as one of the major reasons for that decision.

"I want to win every game this season," Pollack said. "We want to beat the Florida, LSU, and Tennessee, but we have a lot of games between now and then. I want to win every time I go out it does not matter who we are playing."

Georgia was picked as high as number one by at least one preseason poll, but Richt does not think that the Dawgs will open the season at the top spot in the two major polls.

"The polls everybody most interested in will be the Coaches' and AP Polls; I don't think we'll be No. 1 in either of those polls," Richt said.

"Right now enough publications have put us there that people are talking about it, but I think the target will be on someone else's back," Richt said, pointing out that Southern Cal will probably be the number one pick.

Dawg Post Top Stories